Could You Be Doing More With Your Career?

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How to Find a Meaningful Career

How to Find a Meaningful Career

Are you in search of meaningful work?  Would you like to feel a sense of fulfilment at the end of each day, knowing that you’ve made a difference?  I’ve found that being clear about this intention has led me to the most amazing careers in my life and given me incredible job satisfaction.  

  • As an Aerobics Instructor, I’ve seen ladies I taught get slim, fit, toned, energetic and confident
  • As an Aromatherapist and Reflexologist, I’ve seen clients relax, unwind and release tension and stress
  • When I sold Nutritional Supplements, I saw customers overcoming health challenges, becoming radiantly healthy, happy and well.
  • As Head of Network Marketing, I saw lives completely transformed through our products and our opportunity
  • As I’m building my blogs I’m able to touch lives with my posts and interviews with inspirational Moms
  • And now, as Business Development Consultant for The Kids Gym and Public Officer for the Non-Profit, Physical Literacy for Children, I’m able to see children’s lives impacted by our fabulous program.

There’s no doubt that when you’re involved in something that gives back to the community, something that helps or heals the world in some way, you feel more connected and more fulfilled.

Being in contribution reminds you that you matter, it’s your chance to leave a legacy, it’s your chance to make an impact on the world around you.  It gives your life meaning and purpose.

Have a look at the fulfilling careers detailed in the contributed post below.

Could You Be Doing More With Your Career?

Are you looking for meaning and purpose in your daily work? Would you like to make a difference and leave a legacy? Here are a few ways you can do that. #HowtoFindaMeaningfulCareer

Finding the right career can be a genuine challenge. After all, not only is the modern job market more competitive now than it has ever been before but there are also all of the difficult and complicated things that have always come with looking for a job.

One of the of the biggest issues that a lot of people come up against when it comes to finding a career that they really want is the fact that it can be incredibly difficult to find something that you really enjoy.

After all, not everyone is going to want to hire you for what you’re passionate about. This can be made even more difficult if you want more from a career than just a paycheck.

Trying to do something good with your time while earning a living is something that a lot of people would love to do but they might feel that there are no options out there. However, that’s simply not the case. Here are some career options for anyone who’s hoping to do some real good with their career.

Education

Education is one of those career paths that sadly can go underappreciated a lot of the time.

However, the truth is that it’s one of the most important parts of any society. After all, being able to help young people learn and achieve their goals is one of the very best things that you can do with your time.

Not only that but you don’t even have to be a teacher to work in education. Doing something like an online masters in school counselling can give you the skills and qualifications that you need to help kids outside of the classroom. Whatever role you’d want to take on, there are few things more fulfilling than working as an educator.

Medicine

Let’s face it, there are few things better than being able to spend your time literally saving people’s lives. Of course, a lot of people assume that to work in medicine then you’ve got to spend decades studying. And sure, if you want to become a doctor that is definitely true.

However, there are plenty of roles in medicine outside of being a doctor that is just as important. From nurses to care workers to hospital administrators. After all, doctors couldn’t do the things they do on their own.

Nonprofit

It can sometimes feel as though there are so many issues all over the world that it’s impossible to know where to even start. It’s fortunate then that there are so many organisations all over the world that are dedicated to doing just that.

Not only are a lot of nonprofit organisations out there looking for volunteers but many of them need people to come on board full time. There are few better feelings than being able to say you earn your crust by making the world just a little bit better.

Of course, these are just a few examples.

The reality is that there are plenty of ways that you can earn a living while also being able to both find something that you really enjoy as well as giving something back to the world around you.

Hear, hear.  I know first hand the deep fulfilment that comes with being part of something greater than yourself.

What is the most meaningful career you’ve ever been involved in?   Or is it time for a career change?

Easy Healthy Lifestyle Changes

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Easy Healthy Lifestyle Changes

Easy Healthy Lifestyle Changes

Ooh, I love receiving contributed posts like these! Here are some really easy healthy lifestyle changes you can make today that will make a real difference to your mood. Instantly. And if you make these lifestyle changes stick, they’ll be life-changing.

4 Lifestyle Changes to Relieve Stress, Improve Your Health and Be More Successful

We all get stressed from time to time, and it’s not surprising. Life just has a way of being tough now and then, as our obligations to work, family, and our health, amusement, and well being all too often collide catastrophically.

Of course, it’s fairly common as well that we’ll make things worse ourselves through bad habits and unproductive approaches to resolving our problems.

In the worst of instances, you could find yourself on holiday in the best and most beautiful resort, only to find yourself chronically unable to relax and enjoy the moment. Conversely, if you’re able to manage your stress response when back at home, even the most mind-numbing work concerns can seem like small and manageable things.

As stress affects the quality of our lives to such a great degree, here are some suggestions for lifestyle changes that can help to radically reduce your stress.

4 Lifestyle Changes that are so easy to make, it's scary... yet are we doing this stuff? #easyhealthylifestylechanges1. Read on topics that uplift and intrigue you

You may have an enduring interest in technical subjects such as science or engineering, or your passion might be reading the literature of the past and getting lost in the incredible worlds that people managed to create over the span of human history.

On the other hand, you might be passionate about reading up on healthcare as a prelude to taking up a degree at the University of Southern California.

Regardless of what your particular area of fascination is, reading has the ability to transport us away from the preoccupations and worries of ordinary life and to carry us off to an eternal world of images and concepts – whether those take the form of mathematical formulae, or the metaphors and wordplay of William Shakespeare.

Distracting yourself from your concerns and preoccupations – even if only for a brief time – can have a tremendously positive effect on your overall sense of wellness. It can calm the mind and reduce stress, and as we know stress is not just a matter of “feeling uncomfortable”, but can have tremendously negative consequences for health when it’s allowed to become chronic.

Reading is a great and productive form of distraction which you can turn to no matter where you are.

2. Quit the caffeine and alcohol

This tip is often difficult for people to stomach (excuse the pun), for the obvious reason that caffeine and alcohol are so incredibly rife and common in the world. The vast majority of adults in the Western world consume both alcohol and caffeine, and many consume them on a daily basis.

But caffeine is a drug known to directly boost the production of the body’s stress hormones, and to tire out the various receptors and organs associated with those, and other, hormones.

That daily cup of coffee may be contributing quite dramatically to your chronic sense of stress and anxiety.

Likewise, alcohol causes damage to the brain and other organs of the body, and there is evidence that even in small amounts, it may make people less healthy, less resilient, and less capable of facing the world head-on. A bitter irony, considering people so often get drunk to drown out their stress and anxiety.

By quitting these two substances and shouldering through the few weeks or months of irritability and withdrawal (yes, really, they are actually drugs) you may find your stress vastly diminished.

3. Be sure to fuel yourself properly

A large number of people are constantly fighting to attain the perfect physique. Bellies are never flat enough, biceps never toned enough, and so on, and so on.

One of the side-effects of this obsession is that many people live in a state of chronic yo-yo dieting and caloric deprivation.

The bottom line is that when you don’t eat enough food, your body doesn’t work properly, you are less resilient, less healthy, and your stress hormone level are through the roof.

Make sure to fuel yourself properly. Eat whole, nourishing foods, comprising carbs, protein and fats. Yes, low carb diets may also boost stress hormones.

4. Get away somewhere scenic every once in a while

If your home environment becomes too stressful, you need to take steps to address the causes of that stress, and make it more bearable.

If your home is not excessively stressful, but you’re just chronically stressed anyway, getting away and visiting somewhere scenic once in a while can really help to alleviate the bad feelings.

Go somewhere where you don’t have to worry about work. Somewhere you can be inspired by the beauty of nature, and just relax for a while.

Aren’t these the easiest lifestyle changes to make?  And can you see how effective they can be?   Are you doing this stuff?

From One Millennial to Another: Saving to Buy a House

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Okay, so you got me… I’m not a Millennial. Far from it.  But the author of this guest post is.   And his post is just as relevant to me (at age 45) as it is to Millennials.  Enjoy!

From One Millennial to Another: Saving to Buy a House

Guest Post submitted by Hard Money Lenders Online

When I was in junior high school, the American public and private sectors were suffering from a major crisis. Due to the heavy, controversial issues—which took place with the subprime mortgage market downfall in 2007—the United States, and many other nations across the globe spiralled down a path that nearly destroyed the worldwide economy.

I didn’t completely understand the full weight of this debilitating crash at the time, but the anxiety apparent in my parents’ faces sent the message that something was wrong.

Among those markets most heavily impacted by the devastating financial anomaly was the real estate industry. Generally, adults who endured through this could likely have a word or two to say about the foreclosures which took place in the late 2000s.

What seemed like golden opportunities to finance in gorgeous homes in 2006 resulted in disaster for many families, leading to shattered dreams and grief-stricken households.

My heart goes out to such individuals who were forced to deal with such tough trials, given that I was fortunate enough to be in a family in which our finances were in check.

But that’s beside the point—the American economy has since moved on from such financial woes, and the housing market at large has since been rejuvenated.

MILLENNIALS: ARE YOU MOTIVATED TO SAVE FOR A HOUSE?

Millennials, are you motivated to save for a house? Here's why you should be and how you can. It starts with a mind-shift. Read more at laurenkinghorn.com #howtosavetobuyahouseWith that, the Millennials (such as myself), whose previously youthful minds could not fully comprehend the issues at play during the Great Recession, are now old enough to own real estate unto themselves.

As a young married man who is fast approaching the end of his college career, I often find myself contemplating what the future holds.

My wife and I consistently discuss and ponder as to what our ideal home may be, and then thoughts transition to the image of our first house after we eventually leave our puny apartment behind us.

But here is the problem therein: we are poor college students that barely earn enough to scrape by.

Rent, groceries, gas fill-ups, insurance, and other basic expenses constitute the consistent bills we must pay to live our simple existence.

Whatever financial goals we may have only seem more daunting as the pay stubs are posted. Yet, we keep the end in sight.

The result of owning a sizable amount of real estate may not be an easy accomplishment by any stretch of the imagination, but it is attainable. Budgets and restraint help my wife and I make conscious monetary decisions each day, and we make an effort to save so that one day we can obtain the house we often dream of.

These words immortalized by Confucius should provide encouragement (and some context) for some people:

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”

So, if you’re reading through my ramblings and also share a house-related goal, then that’s great. But like myself, I would hope that you have a response for this next question: are you doing the right things to get you into that eventual house?

If such is the case, my hope is that these personal suggestions for “action steps” will be beneficial to anyone who applies them.

Have I reached my eventual financial goal? No. Nevertheless, I am confident the baby steps taken day by day will lead to the seemingly gargantuan end.

HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO SAVE

Money is hard to part with; a common stigma is that “money doesn’t buy happiness,” but it sure does make life more convenient and fun. Needless to say, in order to properly afford larger investments, one needs to enact self-discipline with their funds.

Depending on personal income, the rates at which one sets aside money for their savings account could be lower than usual. With my current income, I can only manage to save 10% each month.

One thing I highly recommend is that, regardless of percentage, you should definitely set up your direct deposit function through your employer so that the percentage of money you want in your savings is automatically deposited after tax deductions.

However, Paula Pant in writing for the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America offered this bit of advice as far as saving percentages are concerned:

“…rule of thumb: at least 20% of your income should go towards savings. More is fine; less is not advised.”

 As Paula noted, it’s never a bad thing to save more either for emergencies or, in this particular case, setting aside funds for a future down payment on a home. The important thing is that once weekly, monthly, and perhaps even yearly budgets are consolidated; any honest Millennial concerned with their financial stability should consider how they might approach saving for their future house.

Such should be the case for any American household, but in my opinion, it’s especially so for the Millennial generation since we are now generally in a transitory period into adulthood.

College will soon be behind most of us (if it isn’t already by now), so heavy decisions regarding finances, real estate, potential marital relationships, and the prospect of children will surface for many people.

Keeping money reserved for all these important life developments is not just a good idea—it’s an absolutely crucial practice.

IN SUMMATION: DON’T SETTLE FOR LESS

Millennials, are you motivated to save for a house? Here's why you should be and how you can. It starts with a mind-shift. Read more at laurenkinghorn.com #howtosavetobuyahouseAccording to a CNBC article from January 2017, a Federal Reserve analysis on financial demographics revealed that the Millennial generation is “falling behind” the Baby Boomers, who, in many cases, constitute the parental generation of current Millennials.

The data presented statistics of a median household income of $40,581 for those in their mid-20s to early-30s. Such was a comparative 20% lower median income than Baby Boomers at that same stage in life.

For the Millennials like me who want to transform their dreams into reality, this alarming trend should raise red flags. Whether or not someone works toward buying a home via methods such as working with hard money lenders online or enlisting the services of a local investment agency, the future needs to mapped out and journeyed towards.

It may be easy to resort to a quiet, entertainment-focused life living with one’s significant other in a small apartment with simple jobs. Such is a doable life for many Millennials, mine included.

However, if we who belong to this dynamic generation want to make names for ourselves, hopes must be translated into action. Just as we might stand up for noble causes we believe in, make the extra effort to invest in your financial future.

It’s in your grasp; you just have to take the steps to get there.

Are you gearing up to buy your first house? Or your last?  Either way, I’m sure you have a comment you can’t wait to leave below…

Travelling For Work: How It Can Change Your Life

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Benefits of Travelling for Work

Benefits of Travelling for Work

Have you ever had to travel for work? I once had a job that involved a lot of travel, both locally and overseas. 

I was the South African Head of Network Marketing for a company which was also based in the UK, Argentina, Brazil and Nigeria.  The first year we met with the other Company Heads in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the second year we met at one of the Leading Hotels in the World, in Guaruja, Brazil.  These trips were awesome and eye-opening. 

We also arranged an Incentive Trip to Buenos Aires for our Top South African leaders in the Network.  This trip was more touristy so I got to learn about Argentina’s fascinating History and Culture, visit a ranch and attend a Tango Show (wow!).  Watching street dancers perform the Argentine Tango was also a major highlight and awoke in me a love of Latin American dancing.

Now just to convince my hubby to learn Tango and Salsa with me. Maybe a romantic trip to Buenos Aires will do the trick?  I could always entice him there with Argentina’s organic beef which is out-of-this-world delicious, especially pared with their Organic Malbec. Oh my goodness, and Argentina also has stunning leather goods at excellent prices.

If you have the chance to travel for work, I’d highly recommend it.  More great benefits in the contributed post below.

Travelling For Work: How It Can Change Your Life

Travel really does broaden the mind. It is a phrase which is said a lot, but it is said for a good reason. Travelling for fun or for our career can be the best decision we make in our lifetime, and there are many reasons why.

Better decision making

When you make the decision to pack up your things and move away for work or pleasure, you are making a huge step in finding your own sense of confidence in the world. Once you are away from the comfort and security of your old life you will begin to realise how much your are truly capable of on your own. Your natural instincts will kick in, and as a person you will become a much better decision maker, and a much more confident individual.

New perspective

We all know that travelling can give us a great deal of positive experiences, and none can be more valuable than the widen sense of perspective we gain in life.

We live in a bubble at home. We go to work, see the same people, do the same things, come home and eat, and sleep. We rarely get to be truly away from this life and it can make us become narrow minded.

When you take the leap and follow life elsewhere you begin to see a different way of life. There are countries who learn Effortless English to fit in with the western world, ones which have no tall skyscrapers or computers, and ones which focus on the simple things in life.

Once you see these first hand you will realise how much more there is to life. It will change your view, make you feel more positive and give you something to strive for.

Communication

As soon as you step foot in a foreign land, you will have to fend for yourself and communicate with people who may not even speak your language. But don’t fret, it can be a brilliant way to build your communication skills and to get better at public speaking.

Having to describe yourself to people who don’t understand you will allow you to hone your communication skills and get better at talking to strangers. You may even be lucky enough to learn part of a foreign language during your time living in another country, which is a great addition to your CV when you come home!

Different cultures

One of the main benefits of moving away for your business life is the fact that you will be opened up to many different cultures and religions who are different to your own.

There are many countries out there who put family before career. In Australia they have shorter hours in order for people to spend time with their families in the evenings. It is important for us to be exposed to new things because it can change our view, and you may even find that you love the lifestyle here so much that you don’t want to leave.

Over to You

Have you ever travelled for work?  What were your highlights? 

7 Skills You Need to Live a Successful Life

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How to Have a Successful Life?

Aah.. the million dollar question… and here’s a million dollar answer.  

Every so often I receive a contributed post that’s so brilliant I wish I had written it myself. This is one of them. ENJOY!

7 Skills Needed to Live a Successful Life

Apart from, “what do I want for breakfast today?”, there is one question that people ask themselves on a tri-daily basis more than any others and that’s, “what does it take to succeed?”

Most of the time, the answer boils down to a positive outlook and a go get ‘em attitude, but that’s not going to be enough on its own.

That’s not to say there isn’t a huge amount of truth to in books like The Secret because the Law of Attraction is definitely a thing no matter how far-fetched and hysterical it may sound. It’s a concept that has a way of kicking us into action, giving us something to focus on and the persistence to keep hunting it down.

However, without said actions, the Law of Attraction is pretty pointless. That’s to say, it won’t do much.

This is because success – no matter how you might define it – is all about taking action. Actually, scrap that. It’s about taking the right action and that requires a lot more skill than people are at first aware.

The good news is: a lot of these skills are taught in places of formal education. You know, like schools and colleges and whatnot.

The bad news is: not enough of them are taught to us. Of course, this is partly because some skills can’t be taught in classrooms; they have to be picked up on the job, in the workplace and, most importantly of all, while wandering through the terrifying labyrinth of life.

Anyway, we have pulled together a list of general skills that will help you find the Holy Grail of success no matter what you do, what sector you are in, what niche you have chosen or what hobby you have taken up. Of course, every field has special skills that will make your search for success a whole lot easier, but we’re focusing on the kind of life skills that transcend across every single discipline you can imagine. Not only that, but they are skills that can be learned by pretty much everyone.

So, without further ado, here are the skills you should start working on as soon as you can. Trust us, they will make a huge difference to your life.

What skills are required to lead a successful life? Here are 7. It may not be an exhaustive list, but these will take you far. Read more at laurenkinghorn.com1. Learn How To Write & Write Well

The greatest invention of all time is the written word and that’s why it takes the top spot on our list of epic skills to have in your arsenal.

The written word is what took ideas and helped us document them, save them and savour them.

Instead of us having to remember everything, we suddenly had a new way of keeping records of them and passing them onto other people. That’s what writing did when it first came along.

Nowadays, though, good writing gives you a whole host of benefits. It makes you better at selling products, ideas and even yourself, which is especially important now with so much content splattered across the bathroom stalls that is the internet.

Of course, learning how to write well doesn’t just mean knowing how to use an Oxford Comma.

It means learning how to organize your thoughts, write with emotion and target a specific audience in the best way possible. Learn how to do that and you can open up doors in pretty much every field imaginable.

2. Speaking In Public Is A Gift

If you’ve ever seen a list of the most popular TED Talks, you’ll already know the desire to master public speaking ranks highly on people’s lists.

Why? Because it is one of the most devastatingly incredible skills anyone can ever hope to develop.   It’s that idea of being able to speak – whether that’s to one person or a room of a thousand – and have them listen to what you say; really listen; engaged as if there is nothing else going on the world.

The issue is, well, not everyone has that unrelenting self-confidence to talk loudly, clearly, persuasively and (to an extent) forcefully.

The trick is practising. Yes, it might take time, but it will be time well spent because those who are great at speaking come across as more comfortable with themselves, more confident, and more attractive to be around – that’s good for everyone and anyone.

That’s good for selling products, selling services, selling ideas, ideologies, concepts, worldviews, yourself, everything. Basically, it’s how you get that next promotion, that bigger client and that investor.

3. Always, Always Be Learning

The aim of the game is not to know everything there is to know because that’s not possible.

Even if you had a million years to kick around this world, you still wouldn’t remember everything (which is probably because you’ll start suffering from memory loss around 120 years old).

Even if we narrowed this down to your field, you still won’t know everything there is to know. Not even close.

Luckily, you don’t need to know everything – you just need to be really good at learning what you might need to know in order to become more successful.

If that’s having something extra to stand out on your Resume, then learn what that could be, from taking the Basic Life Support test to adding Blue Peter badge winner.

If it’s just knowing where to go for the answers, then make sure you know how to use the Internet to its full-potential, know your way around the local library, subscribe to blogs in your field, read the right publications and have the right people on speed dial.

There are so many ways knowing how to learn effectively will make your life easier.

4. Networking Is A Mega-Skill

Buzzwords have a way of becoming totally misunderstood and that seems to have become the case with the word “networking”. People think it’s just something you do to find a new job or a new client, but that’s not the case.

Networking is one of the most amazing ways to come up with new ideas, advance ideas and witness them flow to life, which is super-duper important because the modern economy thrives of innovation and ideas. It’s the new currency.

Don’t look at networking as just something to do when you need to get something new; accept it is one of the best ways to become a part of something exciting – idea-sprouting relationships.

5. Decisions Are There To Be Made

Everyone knows how important it is to analyse things. You need to analyse data, you need to analyse why you did what you did when drunk last night, you need to analyse how to get from here to there. Analysis is life.

But it’s effective decision-making that takes you from analysis to action, which means being able to look at the information you have available and then knowing what to do with it in the best possible way.

Oh, and quickly too. Yeah, speed is definitely a key part of good decision-making.

It’s being able to see something and respond fast, instead of waiting for more information or over-analysing or not being critical. It ain’t easy, but then being a doer and not a wannabe was never meant to be easy.

6. Relaxation Deserves A Nod Here

Nothing good ever came from stressing out. Nothing.

Decision-making goes to pot, mouth ulcers erupt, sleep becomes a longshot, thinking gets murkier, networking feels trickier and death seems imminent.

“What’s the answer?” We hear you shout. Knowing how to relax.

But this isn’t just something you need to do to prevent your other skills from feeling the heat; it’s something you deserve to do. Working yourself to death is pointless if you never give your chance to enjoy the fruits of all that hard work.

Of course, like everything else on this list, learning how to relax is a skill that needs to be learned and the best way to do this is to set aside some time each week, each day, each morning – whatever – and do something you love doing.

Trust us, it will help you operate in the most effective and productive way possible.

7. We All Need To Manage Ourselves Better

All the skills we’ve chatted about above are there to help you succeed. They are the actions that will make success less of a pipedream and that little bit more attainable.

That said, action is only possible if you know where to focus your attention at any given time. It’s only possible if you know where your focus is needed the most.

That’s the secret to success, which means self-management is hella important. We’re talking about better organisational skills, having the right habits to boost productivity and the kind of self-discipline that would put the Karate Kid to shame.

Improve in all of these areas and you will find yourself staying on the highway to successville – no detours, wrong turns or crashes.

We’re almost sure this isn’t a complete list. It can’t be. There have to be other skills out there we have forgotten about.

Hmmmm. Like umm… ummmm… Basic accounting and math and critical thinking and that sort of stuff.

Not to mention the more specialist skills to suit your role. But, like we said somewhere near the beginning(ish), these skills are the ones that transcend the nitty-gritty details to make success more possible.

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What skills would you add to this list?

Are there any particular skills you’ve adopted or learned to ensure you lead a successful life?

Inspirational Quotes by Women

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Inspirational Quotes by Women laurenkinghorn.com

Inspirational Quotes by Women

Ooh, ladies… wouldn’t you love to have YOUR quote included in a list of quotes by the world’s most inspirational women?

What a wonderful day to receive this awesome contributed post.  A couple of months ago, I received an email saying I was nominated for a MommyHero Award.  I discovered this morning that my MommyHero interview is live on the Happy Event Site. 

I’ll blog about this next week after the MommyHero Event where I’ll finally get to meet my friend, Lynne Huysamen and some other well-known South African Mom Bloggers.

And then I discovered an email this morning that I’ve been nominated for a Mummy Blogger Award. I need votes for this one, though!  If you enjoy my posts, I would really appreciate your vote.

(Click on the pink Mummy Blogs 2018 image in the Sidebar to vote).

Okay, so I’m not quite as famous as these incredible ladies, but at least I know a few people are noticing my blogs. 🙂

Quotes From Some Of The World’s Most Inspirational Women

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If you are looking for inspiration in your life, whether it is for your career, relationship, or your general state of mind, it is always a good idea to read quotes from some of the world’s most inspirational people. With that in mind, read on to discover a collection of quotes from some of the most inspirational women across the globe.

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” – Michelle Obama

 

“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” A powerful quote from the creative genius that is J.K. Rowling

 

“When you embrace your difference, your DNA, your look or heritage or religion or your unusual name, that’s when you start to shine.” – Bethenny Frankel

 

“As keeper of the official seal, I felt strongly that we take the opportunity to modernize the seal to better reflect today’s Arizona. With that in mind, we’re announcing that we are updating two of the five C’s. First, we are replacing the citrus with cannabis to reflect the state’s newfound commitment to medical marijuana.” – Michelle Reagan shows that politicians can have a sense of humour too.

Remember, have fun in everything you do, especially your career!

You can head to the Arizona secretary of state website for more from Michelle Reagan.

“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” – Marilyn Monroe is known by some of her quotes, and this has to be one of the best.

 

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” – Gloria Steinem.

You can head to Vogue for some more amazing advice from this 83-year-old.

“I don’t believe in guilt, I believe in living on impulse as long as you never intentionally hurt another person, and don’t judge people in your life. I think you should live completely free.” – Angelina Jolie

 

“Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.” – How could we mention inspirational women without referring to queen B? Beyoncé is the perfect representation of this quote.

 

“Getting past those labels, for me, pretty much really easy because I define myself.” – Serena Williams. Remember, other people do not define you; you define yourself!

 

“If you have an idea, you have to believe in yourself or no one else will.” — Sarah Michelle Gellar

 

So there you have it: a collection of quotes from some of the most inspirational women across the world. Hopefully, you now feel empowered and ready to tackle your day!

I’d like to become famous for this quote from my MommyHero Interview. I know it’s not super unique or anything, I’m sure it’s been said by someone famous somewhere along the line but I’d like to share it as it’s a credo I live by. 

“Find your Passion and Live It – Choose Happiness.” Lauren Kinghorn

Do you have any words of inspiration to share?

Would you like to leave a quote below that you’d like to become famous for?  Go for it! 

Add Some Excitement to Your Occupation: Four Roles to Consider

Add Some Excitement to Your Occupation

Add Some Excitement to Your Occupation

Ask any four-year-old what they want to be when they grow up and they’ll tell you something glamorous or exciting.

Over the years my son has declared he wants to be a ballet dancer, a dirtbike rider, a fireman, a policeman and currently he wants to be a SUPERHERO.  When I was little, I wanted to be an actress or dancer. I was going to be FAMOUS.

When did we give up on our childhood dreams?  Or have we?  

Even though I’ll probably never be an actress, I figure I can grow my Star another way. When I finally publish my book I may achieve some of the fame and fortune I always craved as a little girl.

If you’re disappointed you chose a boring career over a longheld fantasy, then this contributed post was written just for you. 

Add Some Excitement to Your Occupation: Four Roles to Consider

For most of us, work is a way to pay the bills – and it’s not always the most exciting place to be. If you’re sat in an office, in a shop or in a factory you might find that boredom and monotony are a huge part of your workday.

However it doesn’t have to be this way, and if you need some excitement in your life then you can definitely add some to your career.

Choose the right job and not only will you no longer suffer workplace boredom and feel like you’re wasting your life away, but it could be rewarding and you could genuinely help people. Here are some ideas.

Police Force

Working for the police doesn’t have to just mean being a bobby on the beat. You could work as a dog handler, or as a traffic officer driving and be catching criminals at high speeds.

You could work as a forensic investigator, tracking and profiling individuals. It’s rewarding as you get to help victims, prevent crime and bring justice. But it’s also exciting when you’re dealing with crime anything could happen. It’s a role that will keep you sharp and will get the adrenaline pumping.

Emergency Work

If you’re looking for a role that’s always different and is a constant go, then emergency healthcare could be one to consider. You could be a paramedic or ambulance driver, an A&E worker, you could even work for the air ambulance – http://www.airevacinternational.com/careers/ explains more.

Emergency healthcare roles aren’t for the faint-hearted, but if you’re great under pressure, care about people and want a role that’s highly stimulating and rewarding then this could well be for you.

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Own Business

When you own your own business, you get to spend your time working on something that matters to you. Instead of earning money for someone else you work for yourself, building something from the ground up.

Watching your venture grow can be incredibly exciting, not in the sense of the adrenaline pumping on a daily basis but it’s certainly rewarding and fun to see what you will achieve next.

Many of the world’s largest companies were started from home, so you don’t even need a huge budget to begin. Just a great idea and lots of hard work.

Private Investigation

If you’ve previously worked in a role such as the police, military or a psychology based position then private investigation could be a fantastic way to go. Investigators could be working on anything from fraud cases to missing people.

You could be working for individuals wanting to know if their spouse is cheating, or working for your local council or the government trying to catch criminals.

You need to be able to keep your cool in any given situation, and the fact that it’s different with every case makes it extremely interesting.

Let’s be honest, we’ve all read spy novels and watched things on tv with private investigators and have thought of ourselves in the role at one time or another!

Over To You

What could you do today to add some excitement to your current occupation?  Or do you have to do a complete about turn to add excitement to your working life?   It’s never too late to have a happy childhood, right?  Let’s do this!

Overwhelmed Mom? Organization Tips Just for You

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Overwhelmed Mom Organization Tips

From the moment your little one takes your hand you know your life is never going to be the same again.  You are overwhelmed with such Love and Tenderness.  Your Joy reaches proportions you never knew existed before.

Welcome to Motherhood.

Overwhelmed with Love

And yet at the same time, you know you have just taken on the biggest responsibility EVER.

This little one is utterly and completely dependent on you. For everything.

You are their everything.

Somedays that feels amaaaazing.

And sometimes your overwhelm looks more like this.

Motherhood

This is Motherhood.

Motherhood is a crazy mixture of the many beautiful moments of deep connection with our children and ugh moments and boring moments and frustrating moments and triumphant moments and scary moments blended with lack of sleep and endless housework.

And it can be overwhelming sometimes…. often.

So.. if you want to have less of these moments…

Overwhelmed Mom

And more of these…

Overjoyed Mom

it really helps to be organized.

My friends and family will attest to the fact that I’m not the most organized Mom on the planet. Not by a long shot.

But I believe I can improve. I can learn. I can grow. I can flex those organization muscles.

So I grabbed a few headlines from posts on the net written by Moms who are way more organized than me and I tried their tips on for size.

Make To Do Lists

It’s easy to be forgetful as a Mom.  For a couple of years after a birth, you have Mommy brain.  And after that, your life just starts filling up so much that things tend to get a bit out of control.

A To-Do List can really help you get focused on the tasks at hand.  Plus, it feels so good checking things off the list, doesn’t it?

Now, where’s a paper and working pen when you need one?

I’ve found most of my to-do lists since becoming a Mom are on my phone. Most of them are grocery shopping lists but I still remember the wine and forget the milk sometimes. Oops!

Overwhelmed Mom? Here are some organization tips you could try. Or not.  Up to you.  :)  #overwhelmedmomorganizationtipsPrioritize

This one is particularly tricky. Because it’s not tasks you’re prioritizing, it’s people, right?

At any given hour you’re having to choose who comes first.

Hubby? Kids? You? Your Friends? Your Parents? Your Work?

Now we all know if you don’t prioritize you, everything’s going to fall apart at the seams, right?

And we also know if you don’t prioritize your marriage that may fall apart.

And we all know if you let your friends go you’ll grow old and lonely.

And then there are your parents to consider.

And your work… which for most stay at home Moms has to be done when everyone is sleeping.

But if you’ve ever dealt with a toddler meltdown, you’ll know that the world has to stop when your child is falling apart.

And even when they’re not having a meltdown you’ve got be sure they are safe, fed and happy.  And it’s perfectly logical to a child that you can play and make lunch for them at the same time.

So yup. Your kids are your priority. And everything and everyone else is going to suffer for a while.

Don’t worry, when they get older they’ll need you less and less… until one day it will seem like they don’t need you at all. For anything.  And then you’ll miss this precious time.

Learn to Say NO

This is one is extremely important. When you learn how to do it, please give me lessons.

Complete Tasks

Where things often go awry is when you’re Stumble tasking.  You start out doing one thing, then baby cries so you head off to the nursery, when you come back to the kitchen, you’ve forgotten what you were busy with and get on with something else.  Then your 4-year-old needs their bottom wiped and so that task is forgotten.

If there were two of you, am sure you could find a way to complete tasks, one at a time in order, but years could go by before you can do this woman-alone, with 2, 3 or 4 kids demanding attention

Use only one Calendar or Diary

I found this little organization tip really helpful.  Keep one calendar for your children’s events and yours so you don’t double-book yourself.  I actually do this and it does work.  99% of the time.

Here are some Organization Tips from me that can help you get back more Aah and less Ugh in your Mothering.

Use car time

This tip is uniquely mine. Now I’m sure there are other Moms who do this but I haven’t found this tip anywhere on the net.

This year my son started Pre Primary School so we had to adjust to a new timetable. We used to able to mosey along to playschool any time between 8 and 9 and the drive there was against traffic.  This year school drop-off is between 7:45 and 8 am and the drive there is in rush-hour traffic.  So we’ve lost at least an hour of our morning ritual.

So rather than fighting with my son to get his breakfast finished before we go, I often let him eat whatever’s left of it in the car.  He actually eats more this way. I bought an extra toothbrush and kiddies toothpaste (the one with no fluoride so it doesn’t have to be washed out) and he brushes his teeth in the car.

All this gets done while we’re bopping away to our favourite nursery rhymes.

Take Time out for you

Even if it’s just for a few deep breaths.  Do it now.

Aah… feeling better?

And if sometimes, time out for you requires TV or tablet time for them, that’s okay in my books. Yup, that’s how real mothers survive.

Escape from the Crazy

Motherhood is a crazy time and if we’re going to enjoy it, we need to be present.   Find moments in every day where we can stop. Slow things down. And be truly there with our children. For our children. And for ourselves.

Get down to their level.  Play with them. Really play with them. Right now my son is 4 and he’s in the lego phase. I try each and every day to find a few moments to stop everything I’m doing and play lego with him.

Read to them. Storytime is one of our best times of the day.  And it really helps with a bedtime routine.

Get out in nature.  Aah…this is one of my favourites.

Getting out in the fresh air.  Getting some exercise.  Getting quality time with your children.  Nature just fills you up in a way nothing else can.

If you’re okay to take it at their pace, taking time to find little insects and pebbles and flowers along the way, it can be an experience. An Adventure.

Escape the Crazy

The One Way I’m organized

If there’s one way I’ve always been organized, it’s with SNACKS.

When my son was younger, a snack was always on hand, because I was breastfeeding him.

Once he transitioned to solids, I became the Snack Queen.  I don’t go ANYWHERE, not even for a little walk down the road without water and snacks.

A hungry child is a miserable child.  Don’t go there.

Over to You

What are your favourite organization tips?

Have you found a way to escape the overwhelm?

I’m sure you’re better than organization than I am, so please share…

How to Achieve Goal after Goal

What's holding you back from achieving your goals? Here's how to achieve goal after goal. Everytime. #howtoachievegoal

What's holding you back from achieving your goals? Here's how to achieve goal after goal. Everytime. #howtoachievegoal

How to Achieve Goal After Goal

Ever heard of the execution gap?  Well, I hadn’t until today. In fact, it sounds like a scary term to me.  I picture an executioner at the gallows… Not a happy thought.

But actually, it has nothing to do with that kind of execution, unless of course, you failed at your goal of being a hardened criminal. Hehe.

Because The Execution Gap turns out to be the answer to the age-old Question…

Why do we fail to achieve our goals?

When people set up goals and fail to achieve them, there remains a known gap between what the strategy says should be done and what actually gets done.

Let’s simplify that answer.  Here’s a Definition of the Execution Gap:

We set our goals and plan our strategy but we fail to TAKE ACTION.

  • We know what we want.
  • We know what’s required.
  • We just don’t follow through.

So how do we close the Execution gap and get our goals accomplished? Every time?

WARNING:  This is going to involve a MINDSHIFT.

Here are a few powerful questions you can ask yourself right now to start seeing your goals magically unfold.

1. Are you making excuses or taking action?

Excuses paralyze you and stop you from executing anything at all.

Any of these sound familiar?

  • I just don’t have enough time
  • The economy is too bad
  • The competition is too high

Have you noticed that most excuses come up when you feel fearful, anxious or uncertain?

At these times it seems easier and safer not doing anything at all than tackling the goal you have set up for yourself. It makes you abandon your goal before you even start pursuing it.

Excuses also make you stop working for your goal.

You may well keep saying that you want to achieve a goal but if you’re not doing anything about it, then how can you hope to achieve anything?

If you want results, you must take action first.

So before you even think of procrastinating, practice this little mantra:

Action precedes results. Action Creates Results. I Will Act Now.

Whats holding you back from achieving your goals? The short answer. You. Here's how to achieve goal after goal. Every time. #howtoachievegoal

 

2. What does your goal mean to you?

To bridge the execution gap, it is very important that your goal means something to you.

What will it mean to you when you finally achieve your goal?

To make any goal motivating, be it:

  • Losing weight
  • Overcoming addiction
  • Completing a course
  • Writing a book
  • Expanding your friendship circle
  • Setting a new business
  • Growing your client base

You need to have compelling reasons to achieve your goal.These reasons will then become the driving force that fuels your motivation.

Setting the wrong goal takes motivation out of the execution equation.

If you set a goal for the wrong reasons and chase after something you don’t really need, you will not be driven to achieve it and the execution gap will never be bridged.

So set yourself up for something that’ll mean something for you.

Let’s take the first example on our list: Losing Weight.

List all the reasons why you want to shed a few pounds.   They may be:

  • To get in shape
  • To feel healthier
  • To feel more comfortable in your clothes
  • To avoid having to buy a whole new wardrobe
  • For more energy and vibrancy
  • To feel more attractive to your partner once again
  • To feel happier in yourself

But do any of these reasons compel you to lose weight?

Usually, people only really get in touch with the meaning of their goal when they associate:

  • Massive pain in not achieving their goal

Or

  • Immense pleasure in achieving their goal

So get in touch with what would really help you shed those pounds once and for all.

Massive Pain

Get in touch with the worst thing that could happen to you if you continue to pack on weight.

For example, massive pain caused by overweight could be a heart attack or your spouse leaving you for someone slimmer. Imagine the end result in vivid detail.

But don’t leave it there.

Immense Pleasure

Now get in touch with the best thing that could happen to you once you’ve lost the weight.

How would you feel? What could you wear? Would your spouse fall in love with you all over again?  Would you fall in love with yourself all over again? With life? How would it feel to be 10 pounds, 20 pounds, 50 pounds lighter?  Would you have a whole new lease on life? Would you be able to do things you haven’t done in years? Would you have more energy to play with your children?

What, in your heart of hearts, are you really really really doing this for?

3. Have you taken on too much?

Moms are notorious for taking on too much. Whether you are a working Mom or a work-from-home Mom, you’re juggling a million things on any given day.

If you’re going to have any chance of achieving your goals, you’re going to have to:

  • LEARN TO SAY NO
  • Set your priorities straight
  • Focus on one goal at a time

When you divide your attention, energy and focus into too many parts, you fail to hone your expertise and skills where they could flourish the most.

When was the last time you considered any of the following questions?

  • What are your strengths?
  • What do you excel at?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What are you most driven to do?

As Moms we’re often so busy that we’re on autopilot, doing what needs to be done, right?

So take a moment to take a deep breath. Stop. Look.

Consider whether the very next action you’re going to take is going to help you reach your goals.  Or steer you further away from them.

Investing in the wrong goal will only stop you mid-way without ever being able to bridge the execution gap.

Think of examples of highly successful individuals who excel at what they do. Take your pick from your favorite athlete, celebrity, scientist, inventor or just about any other category and you will see that these people succeeded because they focused on their strengths and mastered their crafts.

4. What’s Your Plan?

This could also be asked this way: Whose plan are you following?

Because not having a plan generally means you’re on everyone else’s plan.  Or at least someone else’s plan.

Have you ever started a diet on Monday and then given it up the very next day just because your best friend arrived with some delicious nibbles for tea? You didn’t want to offend her so you thought that you would just start again the next day.  The next day becomes next Monday… or maybe New Year… before you know it, your dieting idea has slipped your mind completely.    Oops!

We’ve all heard the saying: When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

So what’s YOUR plan?  

Have you broken down your goal into actionable steps?

A good plan is integral to achieving goals and bridging the execution gap as it gives you direction and helps you stay on track. Not having a plan will have you running amok.

And without a plan, there can be no commitment.

Commitment is key to execution and without any, you will keep getting derailed from pursuing your goals.

5. Do You Have a Deadline?

Do you remember back in school what it felt like just before exam time?   How much knowledge did you manage to cram into your head those final hours before your exam?  Having an exam deadline looming is a certain way to get you to spring into action, right?

So set yourself a deadline and make sure it’s not too far in the future.  The sooner you have to deliver the work, the more you’re going to get done. In the shortest space of time.

Because working within a timeframe establishes a sense of urgency and focus.

This alone should be enough to get anyone going towards their goal.

If you do not give yourself a deadline and keep things open-ended, then you are setting yourself up for failure. Open-ended scenarios are an easy road to procrastination and pushing things to the back burner.

6. How Can You See Your Plan Through?

How can you go the distance?

Because if you give up when the going gets tough, you won’t be reaching that goal.

We all live in a world that seeks out instant gratification and when perseverance doesn’t deliver, quitting is viewed as an acceptable option.

Now… let’s cast our minds back to Question 2 for a second.  If your goal really means something to you, you’re going to see your plan through, come hell or high water.

Does that mean you’re never going to fail?

No. It’s quite possible you’ll experience small failures or setbacks along the way to reaching your goal.  Who am I kidding? Sometimes you’ll experience humungous failures and setbacks.

The trick is not to see these as a sign to give up.  This is when you have to develop grit. Tenacity.  Determination.

This is where the rubber meets the road.

Often people may fail to reach their goals because they do not know how to handle failure. They either choose to give up or change their goals when they face problems or do not get quick results.

Distractions

Or you may get distracted as other things come along making you neglect or even forget about your initial goal. That’s why it’s important to commit your goals to paper.

To avoid getting distracted and veering from your path.

  •  Write Your Goals Down
  • Add Your Most Compelling Reason(s) for Achieving Your Goals
  • Add Your Deadline Date
  • Place Them Where You Can See Them Every day

Are you ready for this?  Go go go. What are you waiting for?  It’s now or never.

I will Act Now. I will Act Now. I will Act Now…

How to Switch Off and Be a Better Mom

Parenting is hard. Especially in the Digital Age. Here's what helps me be a better parent. #betterparentingtips

Parenting is hard. Especially in the Digital Age. Here's what helps me be a better parent. #betterparentingtips

Better Parenting Tips

One of the job hazards of being a Digital Entrepreneur is that it’s far too easy to be working ALL THE TIME.  Combine immense job satisfaction with workaholic tendencies, throw a smartphone into the mix and you could have a recipe set for family disaster.  Because it’s your family that suffers when you’re permanently online answering this person or tweaking that post.

Or is this just me? Is it just my family who’s missing me even though I’m here? Well physically here. I’m at home with my family but with a vacant look on my face as I stare into the screen.

I have no doubt I have a smartphone addiction and my husband calls me on it often. His complaint rings out a few times a day and even my son’s started chiming into the refrain:

“Mommy’s always on the phone”.

I’m not proud of this.

I know how absent I am when I am in my creative process.  I can feel myself glazing over.

I am also painfully aware of the dangers.

If I continue to focus on my online empire to the detriment of my family circle, I could lose years of my child’s life.  He’s already four year’s old. Next time I look up from my phone he might be 8 or 12 or 16.  He will be 20 and leaving home.   I know just how quickly the years fly by with children and I don’t want to miss out on them. I only have this one chance.

I could lose my marriage.  My husband may get tired of being alone in this marriage and may leave me, which would be disastrous not just for me but for both children.

Turning it Around

So I’ve been working on being more present, as a parent and a wife. Somedays are better than others.

Yesterday was one of my best days. We enjoyed the most gorgeous lazy Sunday morning.  I really connected with my son, it was wonderful.   My hubby was listening to us play and he congratulated me for being such a great Mom when he came downstairs to join in the fun.

Without further ado, here are my tips on how to be a better Mom even when you have other stuff to do.

How to Switch Off and Be a Better Mom

Do a Digital Detox

So how did I have one of my best days as a parent?  Well, it all started with me shutting down my laptop and ignoring my phone once my son was awake so that I could focus all my attention on him.

No, let’s go back a day or two because actually, it started by me easing away from my digital life.

Going cold turkey when you have a digital addiction is not easy so I’ve found I have to do in stages.   I find I have to switch off from “work-mode” before I can switch into parenting mode.

Here’s what helped me to do this:

Business Up-to-Date

I worked late on Friday night so that I could complete all business tasks I had planned for the week.  In an online business, there’s always more stuff you could be doing but I got to a point where enough tasks were done that work wasn’t crowding my mind.

I also worked hard on Saturday with my son getting his School project done (which co-incidentally was called “My Family”) and everything packed for school on Monday.  For once we were uber prepared. Early.

Tip 1: Reach a point where you declare your work is done and it’s now family time.

Housework Up-to-Date

I did loads of house cleaning on Saturday.   This ensured that I wasn’t distracted by a dirty house on Sunday plus something about housework actually helps me switch off from my website work.

I think it’s got something to do with it being physical rather than mental and perhaps also because it involves organising, tidying and cleaning.  It’s very satisfying in its own way.

I even roped my son in to help me polish my car so actually, Saturday was also one of my better days as a parent.

Tip 2: Do something that takes your mind off your work.  Weirdly, housework does the trick for me.

Get Active

While we’re on the subject of doing something physical, this is one of the best ways to enjoy time with your children.

On Sunday morning my son asked us to have a party with him.  So we switched on the radio and there we were in our pyjamas, dancing in the lounge. And even jumped on the couch.  What fun!  And quite a workout I must tell you.

Later on that morning, we jumped on the trampoline together, which is one of my son’s favourite pastimes.  And again, great exercise for both of us. Especially as I land up being his rodeo horse for some of the time.

Often we go for walks.  Or kick a ball around. Or play mini golf.  Or swim.   My hubby and son often wrestle together.

The point is to find something both you and your little one love doing and do it TOGETHER.

Tip 3:  Do something fun and physical with your child(ren).

Connect

I’ve noticed lately that my son increasingly wants to stay home and play on the weekends rather than go out.  Our lives are often so full and busy.  We arrange school extramurals, play dates and outings.

Where is the time for free play?

We pack so much into their little lives when really all they want is home.  Us.  Meaningful connection.

And I find the moment I spend quality time with my child, I just want to hug and hold him close all the time. He is so adorable, I just can’t help myself.  Of course, he’s 4 now, so he’s not always into hugs as much as I am but when you’re playing and dancing together it’s quite easy to slip in a few fun hugs.

If your child is really past the hugging phase, meaningful connection could just be that magical moment, mid-play, when you look into your child’s eyes and tell them how much you love them.

We had so much meaningful interaction yesterday that it kind of back-fired on me this morning when I had to get my son to school.  He did not want to go, he just wanted to stay home and play with me all day again.

Tip 4: Find a way to connect deeply either through touch or eye contact (or both).

Be a Playmate

On the days I give myself over fully to just being a parent, I’m actually more of a playmate.

I always allow my child to lead the play. I actually let him completely boss me around, tell me what to do and how to do it.  Here’s why:

  • It gives him a bit of power.
  • It helps him get really creative.
  • And it also makes a lot easier than having to think up stuff myself.

You will be amazed at what they come up with, especially if you really allow yourself to get in their head space.

Yesterday this meant throwing a dancing party in the lounge, jumping on the couch, playing lego together, playing inside his little castle tent and jumping on the trampoline.

Kids also love it when their parents allow them to be a little bit naughty and even do naughty stuff with them – hence the jumping on the couch with him.  It sounds counter-intuitive but I’ve heard from a really good source (Hand in Hand Parenting) that this can prevent real naughtiness later.

Tip 5: Let your children lead the play and be their playmate.

Give Your Undivided Attention

If you got the first step right, the digital detox, it should be pretty easy to set aside some time in your weekend or in your day when you give your child all of your attention.

And when you do that, the magic happens. The effect on your child is amazing.

For example, we hardly watched any TV yesterday. Usually, TV is the first thing he asks for in the morning.  It wasn’t even a thought in my son’s mind until we had been playing for hours and we all needed a rest.

Tip 6: Be there with mind, body and soul, be fully present.

Shower Them With Love and Praise

I find when I’m giving my son my full attention I also notice myself also giving him a lot of Praise.  On days like these, I tell him:

  • how great he is
  • how well he’s doing
  • how much he’s learned
  • how proud we are of him
  • how lucky we are to have him in our lives
  • how much we love him

These words make a child glow inside.   It makes them feel special and loved and supported and safe.  I know because my parents gave me the same gift and it’s these words that come to mind and their love that sustains me in tough times.

Tip 7: Be your child’s biggest fan

Over to You

What methods work best for you when you want to switch off from work and be a better Mom?  Are you able to just have fun whenever, wherever?  Or do you also need a digital detox before you can give yourself over to play?